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Life at β„– 42 by E.M. Coutinho

Wishing you all A Life in Roses in 2022

Mike got me a few roses for a nice start to the New Year.

What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That’s not been said a thousand times?

The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.

We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.

We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.

We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our brides, we sheet our dead.

We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that’s the burden of the year.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox, 1910

Happy New Year!

And I leave you with Zaz

69 comments on “Wishing you all A Life in Roses in 2022

  1. Steve Ruis
    December 31, 2021

    How romantic! Roses in December, though . . . ‘spensive! :o)

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    • The Pink Agendist
      January 1, 2022

      There’s a florist here who does massive bouquets for Three Kings day at very reasonable prices πŸ™‚

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  2. Anonymole
    December 31, 2021

    Perhaps the Universal sign of intelligence are those that value beauty, however it’s presented.

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  3. Elizabeth James
    December 31, 2021

    Wishing you both a wonderful new year, I enjoy the roses with you xx

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  4. Kris
    December 31, 2021

    All of the rose is beautiful…even the prickly parts πŸ₯°

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    • The Pink Agendist
      January 1, 2022

      Are you calling me a prickly part? πŸ˜€ Are the boys with you for the holidays?

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      • Kris
        January 1, 2022

        The boys have been and gone. It was lovely having them home but I am very much looking forward to the quiet again.

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  5. foolsmusings
    December 31, 2021

    Wow they look beautiful. I hope you guys have healthy happy prosperous new year

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  6. Diana MacPherson
    December 31, 2021

    Nice flowers. The pie looks good too πŸ™‚

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    • The Pink Agendist
      January 1, 2022

      Pumpkin, which is Mike’s favourite. I did slightly burn the pastry, though πŸ˜€

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  7. clubschadenfreude
    December 31, 2021

    happy new year! I have a silver rose brooch, that has thorns on it, alas they are blunt….. so far

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  8. Bizzy
    December 31, 2021

    Zaz does a great job with that tired old song. Thanks for that, and for roses in December, si bon pour mon coeur qui bat. The best to you and yours in this coming year.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      January 1, 2022

      She’s just fabulous. The year we moved to France to her Paris album had come out and helped us ease into the French mood. Wishing you many new beginnings!

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  9. merilee
    December 31, 2021

    πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸΎπŸΎ

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  10. john zande
    December 31, 2021

    2022: the year we remove Bozo!

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  11. Helen Devries
    December 31, 2021

    Roses in December….something to cherish.
    I hope you have a .happy and fulfilling year ahead..

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  12. karenjane
    January 1, 2022

    Beautiful roses – do they have a scent? This year I must put wordpress on my phone, so I can reply to your posts. I read them, then forget to use the laptop to respond. I hope 2022 is good for you both, especially healthwise. Your new dog looks gorgeous, but it is sad your previous dogs from Spain have died. I can only imagine the heartache that causes (I’ve only had cats, & whilst sad when they’ve died, it’s not the same as a dog, which depends on you.).x

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    • The Pink Agendist
      January 2, 2022

      Barely scented… but pretty. Mike is recovering well, the stitches come out tomorrow and the doctor is thrilled with his own work. Of course!
      Morgan was my baby, my soul dog. He’s with me all the time. On the other hand Remy is really making his mark. He requires an enormous amount of attention which in its own way is fun and new πŸ˜€ Happy new year!

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  13. agrudzinsky
    January 1, 2022

    Just had a random thought that I have not used or seen keys like that for over 30 years. We had locks like this when we lived in a house built in 1914 back in Ukraine.

    May little details in your life bring you joy and fond memories!
    Happy New Year!

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    • The Pink Agendist
      January 2, 2022

      All our keys are like that. People keep telling us to change them for something modern, but I like how much easier they are to use than modern keys. I like big fonts and big keys

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      • agrudzinsky
        January 6, 2022

        I also like solid things that I can easily see or feel in my hand. I also like old-fashioned things like cars with manual transmission or fountain pens.

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  14. acflory
    January 1, 2022

    Beautiful roses. Mike really is a romantic. πŸ™‚ Huge hugs to you both.

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    • merilee
      January 1, 2022

      I’m just surprised that Mike loves pumpkin pie. None of my Brit friends like it; I love it! Even better, I like my pumpkin crΓ¨me caramel.

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      • acflory
        January 1, 2022

        That surprised me too as pumpkin pie seems to be such a quintessential American dish. I’ve never had it but I assume that as pumpkin is so bland, you probably wouldn’t taste it?

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      • merilee
        January 1, 2022

        It’s delicious!

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      • acflory
        January 2, 2022

        lol – I’ll have to take your word for it. For pumpkin is roasted or made into a soup with coconut milk and chilli! My tastebuds simply can’t imagine a ‘sweet’ version. πŸ™‚

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      • merilee
        January 2, 2022

        I like pumpkin done savory, as well. The sweet version is best with lots of ginger.

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      • acflory
        January 3, 2022

        Pinky mentioned ginger too. Curiously, my soup has ginger in it too, along with chilli. It evolved from my memories of a Jamaican Spicy Pumpkin soup I had many decades ago. One day I’ll give the pie a go. πŸ™‚

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      • merilee
        January 3, 2022

        What you think of as pumpkin might be different from what I think of. My late good Guyanese friend grew what he called pumpkins in his yard, and they were green striped, not orange.

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      • acflory
        January 3, 2022

        Hmm…good point. We get a few different varieties but most do have green stripes or at least they’re dark. There is one that’s orange though. It looks a bit like a peanut in its shell.
        Or could we possibly be talking about sweet potatoes? They’re orange. Gah. Language is a minefield!

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      • The Pink Agendist
        January 3, 2022

        The “peanut” shape is a butternut squash. For pie you should look for a not too big round orange affair like this:

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      • merilee
        January 3, 2022

        Yup, that’d be a pumpkin. I used to make the pumpkin from scratch, but the canned PURE pumpkin works really well. The canned pumpkin pie filling is gawd-awful, imho.

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      • acflory
        January 3, 2022

        Oh…I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of /those/. Maybe we don’t get them here. The closest I’ve seen is the big ones used as Halloween pumpkins but I’m pretty sure they’re not for eating. 😦 As you can probably tell, pumpkin pie is not an Aussie dish. πŸ˜€

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      • The Pink Agendist
        January 3, 2022

        If the Halloween kind grows, then the smaller pie types can also grow (same weather requirements). You should try planting them. It’s a fantastically easy crop and very versatile.

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      • acflory
        January 4, 2022

        Funny you should say that! I threw some pumpkin seeds on the compost last year and ended up with about 6 pumpkins. I’ll definitely give them a go this year as well. I know we’ll never be self-sufficient, or even close to self-sufficient, but having edibles in the garden is such a joy.

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      • acflory
        January 5, 2022

        what a fabulous site! Thanks Pinky. I think I’m going to pass the url on to the Offspring as well. We both have birthdays coming up. πŸ˜€
        But…which pumpkin for that pie??

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      • The Pink Agendist
        January 7, 2022

        I’d go for the butternut, which you’ll bake with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar to add a little oomph πŸ™‚

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      • merilee
        January 7, 2022

        Or/and butter and dark brown sugar.

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      • acflory
        January 7, 2022

        Butternut we definitely have but…so you bake the pumpkin /first/ and then turn it into the sweet pie filling??

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      • Diana MacPherson
        January 7, 2022

        I’ve never had butternut squash as a pie before. I always use the orange pumpkins.

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      • acflory
        January 8, 2022

        I’m a total n00b at the whole thing. Butternut pumpkins are common and available at all supermarkets, the orange ones I would have to order in specially.

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      • Diana MacPherson
        January 10, 2022

        And another twist – every time I try to grow a pumpkin on purpose I fail. All the best pumpkins I’ve gotten by accident like seeds in the compost pile or something and then – surprise pumpkin!

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      • acflory
        January 10, 2022

        OMG! yes! that happened to me last year and /this/ year I’ve just discovered a new one on the compost heap. Very happy. πŸ˜€

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      • The Pink Agendist
        January 8, 2022

        It works very well, the sweetness and texture make for an excellent result πŸ™‚

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      • Diana MacPherson
        January 3, 2022

        Pumpkins are different from sweet potatoes (aka kumera) but when made in a pie tast somewhat similar. Pumpkin pie is one of my favourites and some recipes use heavy cream.

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      • The Pink Agendist
        January 3, 2022

        Heavy cream works very well, much better than condensed milk in my opinion. I’m a sweet potato fanatic.

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      • Diana MacPherson
        January 4, 2022

        Everything is better with heavy cream: “I’m sorry, we have to kill you. But we will do it with heavy cream”. “Oh okay!”

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      • acflory
        January 4, 2022

        Thank you. Pinky posted a pic of the kind of pumpkin used in the pie and I’m pretty sure we don’t have them. I’m getting kind of curious now!

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      • The Pink Agendist
        January 2, 2022

        When it’s well done it’s fabulous. The right combination of cinnamon, ginger and sugar makes for an almost Indian flavour.

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      • acflory
        January 3, 2022

        Sounds a bit like my soup. πŸ˜‰ I discovered a volunteer pumpkin growing on what used to be my compost heap, so if I get a decent crop I’ll ask you for the recipe.

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      • Diana MacPherson
        January 1, 2022

        It tastes good and is very sweet. I think what people don’t realize is you aren’t taking the pumpkin and baking it like you would a gourd to eat with dinner. This was my mother’s mistake (she’s from New Zealand) when she made it first for my dad in
        Canada.

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      • The Pink Agendist
        January 2, 2022

        Mike spent his gap year as a Richardson Scholar in North Carolina and fell in love with a number of American things.

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      • merilee
        January 2, 2022

        That β€˜splains it😻

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    • The Pink Agendist
      January 2, 2022

      He wasn’t before, it’s something new and very welcomed!

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      • acflory
        January 3, 2022

        -grin- I suspect he always was a romantic but that stiff British lip got in the way of him showing it. Glad he’s loosened up a bit. πŸ˜€

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  15. merilee
    January 2, 2022

    I don’t make it super sweet. Dark brown sugar and lots of ginger. No condensed milk.

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  16. Hariod Brawn
    January 10, 2022

    Hello Pink. Just popping by to wish you and Mike all the best for 2022 β€” contentedness, good health, and of course, many laughs.

    Liked by 1 person

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